Question: As I’ve listened to many of your seminars, I’ve noticed that you emphasize the distinction between how the gospel speaks to sin and suffering. This seems to correlate with the way you use the words guilt and shame. If I’m right, do you mind taking a few minutes to talk about this difference and any other emotional experience that would be similar but important to differentiate?

Resources: Here are several resources that can be useful in preparing for of following up with the conversation discussed in this VLOG post.

  • Sin and Suffering Videos: Videos three and four in our Freedom Group leader training curriculum give a more detailed look at how the gospel speaks differently to our struggles when they are rooted in sin versus suffering.
  • What Is Emotional Maturity?: This blog provides guidance on and an example of how to differentiate between emotions that are similar in their emotional and physical expression.
  • When We Believe Suffering’s Lies: This blog examines the way that the experience of suffering makes us more prone to believe lies and incorporate them into our identity and lifestyle.
  • Attributes: This booklet walks you through 16 attributes of God providing a month long devotional on how to rest in God’s character for struggles that are rooted in both sin and suffering.

To review the other questions addressed in this VLOG series click here.

Note: The VLOG (video-blog) Q&A is a regular series on my blog. If you would like to submit a question, it can be e-mailed to Summit’s admin over counseling at (please note this is an administrative account; no individual or family counsel is provided through e-mail). Please limit your questions to 3-7 sentences. This is not a forum for to request or receive counseling. No responses will be sent to questions other than those selected for a video response.